William Clarence Lawrence
William Clarence Lawrence was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1945. The son of a Tuskegee Airman, he knew early in life that public service was in his future. Lawrence received his B.A. in Political Science from Tuskegee Institute in 1968. After college, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force. During his years of service, Lawrence received the Bronze Star and the Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as completing a Master's of Science degree at St. Mary's University (1976). Upon leaving the military, he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, graduating with a J.D. in 1979.
After law school, Lawrence worked as a tax attorney with the United States Internal Revenue Service, before moving into the corporate world. He worked in corporate management for the next twenty years with companies ranging from Cummins Engines to GTE. He then opened his own consulting company, specializing in dispute resolution and general management issues. In 1993, Lawrence received a Masters of Management from the University of Dallas.
In 2000, Lawrence was elected Mayor of Highland Village, Texas. Lawrence was the first African-American mayor elected in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and served three terms. Lawrence is a dedicated public servant, serving on numerous community boards and councils, including the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct. In 2001, he retired after thirty years of service in the Air Force Reserve with the title of Colonel. In 2008, William C. Lawrence was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
Maurer Alumni, United States Air Force, Highland Village Texas
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